December 7, 2009 |
An estimated $10 million a day is smuggled out of Afghanistan, most of it through Kabul's international airport, rather than through secret routes over the mountains or across the desert, the country's finance minister said Sunday. The amount of corruption, both by public officials and officials of private companies, makes him embarrassed to acknowledge while traveling that he is an Afghan, Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal said. "Corruption is a stronger threat than terrorism for Afghanistan," said Zakhilwal, who was appointed in February and is the top financial advisor to President Hamid Karzai.
June 26, 1988 |
Money is increasingly becoming a central issue in the more than six-month-old uprising by Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. In the early stages of the conflict, involving spontaneous demonstrations against Israeli rule and closures of shops, actions were largely unorganized and took place without much consideration for the economic consequences.
December 7, 1988
Switzerland's highest court ordered the bank records of an Israeli arms dealer involved in the Iran-Contra affair be turned over to U.S. investigators. The Federal Tribunal in Lausanne lifted strict banking secrecy rules in rejecting Yaacov Nimrodi's appeal of a decision by Swiss police to grant legal assistance in the investigation.
August 2, 1987 |
A New York state senator was arrested Saturday in the posh Plaza Hotel after an undercover agent gave him $150,000 in cash to spirit out of the country, the FBI said. Democratic Sen. Andrew Jenkins, who had booked flights for Saturday night to Brussels and on to Zaire, was arrested after a two-month sting operation, Joseph Valiquette, a spokesman for the FBI, said in Manhattan.
November 23, 1991 |
A woman was arrested when trying to smuggle money out of the country, including $6,000 in 12 balloons she swallowed, customs agents said Friday. Customs officials at Kennedy Airport asked Vivien Mensah how much money she was carrying as she awaited a flight to the African nation of Ghana. She said she had $9,000, officials said. When a search of her bag turned up $24,000 concealed in bed sheets, Mensah admitted that she had swallowed several balloons stuffed with money, customs agents said.
October 30, 2003 |
A prominent U.S. Muslim activist accused of involvement with groups that finance terrorists pleaded not guilty in Alexandria to charges of trying to funnel Libyan money into the United States illegally. Calling him a flight risk, U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton refused to release Abdurahman M. Alamoudi and set trial for Feb. 16.